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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Top 7 Techniques Liberals Use to Lie About Conservatives

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2009, 08:05 AM

From John Hawkins: "To help fight the lies of the Left, here's a guide to the most prevalent techniques that liberals use to mislead people about conservatives.

"If you're listening to liberals talk about conservatives, you're virtually guaranteed to hear at least one of these techniques used."


Obamalini's Coup D'etat

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2009, 07:13 AM

WND's Joseph Farah knows a dictator when he sees one. He writes:

If Obama can fire the head of a troubled, but legendary corporation like GM and then order its business plan to be rewritten according to his wishes, presidential power has become unlimited.

We no longer live in the United States of America that is guided by a Constitution based on the limited power of government. . . .

There's a name for this kind of government direction of what have traditionally been private corporations. It's called "fascism." Look it up.

This is what Mussolini did. It's what Hitler did with what had been a "private sector" in Germany.

We live in a tyranny, and we're all subject to the whims of one man.

Yesterday, in discussing Herr Obama and Aborcentration Centers in America, I called for not just that the First Fascist be disinvited from speaking at Notre Dame but also from the presidency of the United States.

"Yes he was elected, but he now imposes tyranny. He now wars against the American experiment in liberty under God." 

We do not have to wait for the next election in 2010 to begin showing this man and his inhumane, anti-American, anti-Creator program the door. Herr Obama, consider yourself fired.


Obama Nominee Favors One World Government

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2009, 06:23 AM

Frontpage looks at Harold Hongju Koh, Obama's choice as State Department legal advisor.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Protest Notre Dame, Disinvite Obama From the Presidency

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2009, 03:06 PM

"The outrage over Notre Dame inviting President Obama as commencement speaker has not abated," reports OneNewsNow.

"Last week, pro-lifers strongly voiced their anger about a pro-abortion president being invited to speak at a prominent Catholic university, which supposedly upholds church doctrines such as the sanctity of life. But they also are objecting to the school's plan to give Obama an honorary Doctor of Law degree. Notre Dame has been flooded with complaints, but university President John Jenkins will not be deterred."

Says Notre Dame graduate Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League: 

If Jenkins won't do the right thing and disinvite Barack Obama, then we are absolutely going to have no choice but to go out and rain on Barack Obama's parade on May 17 in South Bend, Indiana. . . . We are already working with pro-life leaders around the country, especially throughout the Midwest, to put on the mother of all protests.

In his language and policy moves, this man Barack Obama is a rogue official occupying the office of the President of the United States.

Why rogue? Because, for example, he is in violation of the Declaration of Independence, which is the Foundational Vision Statement of the United States of America and which acknowledges that every single human being is endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights," including the rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Well, dead preborn American citizens are deprived of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And no American politican ought to serve who favors the liquidation of the preborn in aborcentration centers that mar and bleed the land.

One would think that governing according to the Vision Statement of the United States is not above the paygrade of the president of the United States.

One would think that respecting unalienable rights endowed by the Creator upon alive but preborn American citizens is not above the paygrade of the President of the United States.

One would think that elementary scientific and inclusive facts of biological life regarding the humanity of unborn human beings created in the image of God is not above the paygrade of the President of the United States.

What kind of man is this? Let us hope not, but is Barack Obama too much of a political ideologue to care about the facts, the Declaration, the Constitution, and that liberating vision of life that American heroes have bled and died for on battlefields across history and across the world, both within and without the borders of our homeland?

No only should Barack Obama be disinivited from Notre Dame, the American people should rise up and disinvite him from the presidency. His pro-abortion, anti-life policies are an embarrassment to civilized humanity under the Declaration, under the Constitution, and under God. Yes he was elected, but he now imposes tyranny. He now wars against the American experiment in liberty under God. 

Americans must take every opportunity to disinvite not just him, but his alien, anti-American, inhumane, and anti-Creator coup against the foundational Mission and Vision Statement of this land. We can yet still enjoy the "blessings of liberty," but this will require a return to the Creator to whom our Founders looked and from whom those blessings derive. It will require casting off the chains of the Federal Empire and its new Emperor on the Potomac.

No only should pro-life Americans "rain" on Obama's parade, they ought to thunder and lightning upon it, with a few cats and dogs thrown in for good measure. May the "mother of all protests" at Notre Dame have many children.


Tea With Obamalini: Fascism in the White House

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2009, 07:30 AM

Matthew Vadum at AmSpec on the firing of the GM CEO:

This aggressive assault on American capitalism is unprecedented and should give all Americans who care about freedom pause.  

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Horowitz: Beware Obama Derangement Syndrome

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2009, 06:34 AM

"I have been watching an interesting phenomenon on the Right, which is beginning to cause me concern," writes David Horowitz at Frontpage.

"I am referring to the over-the-top hysteria in response to the first months in office of our new president, which distinctly reminds me of the 'Bush Is Hitler' crowd on the Left."

Is Horowitz onto something? Naive? Your thoughts?


Christian Moneyman Ahmanson Joins Democratic Party

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2009, 05:47 AM

From columnist Kathleen Parker:

In what one might call a biblical move, Christian philanthropist Howard Ahmanson -- one of three major funders of California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages -- has abandoned the GOP for the Democratic Party.


Anti-Jihad Group Helps Fill Ammo Shortage

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2009, 05:37 AM

"An ammunition manufacturer and a non-profit group are teaming up in a unique venture to help address both the short supply of commercial ammo and the need to alert Americans about the threat of radical Islam," reports WND.

"America's Truth Forum [ATF] announced it is making available through its website .223 Remington (5.56) rounds suitable for all sporting and military-style rifles, including the AR-15 and Ruger Mini-14."

"Like gold and silver," says ATF president Jeff Epstein, "ammunition is coming into vogue as an affordable security investment -- a multi-purpose asset that not only protects homes from violent attacks and citizens from tyrannical oppression but a tangible one that could be bartered as collateral during the most troubling economic." 



Friday, March 27, 2009

Pre-Pub Update: Nancy's New Book

By Rick Pearcey • March 27, 2009, 11:54 AM

A hard-copy prepublication version of Nancy's new book arrived in the mail today. This edition is also being sent to expert readers who have requested such a copy. More about this later, but comments already coming in are quite positive, for which we are thankful.

Remembering that politics follows culture -- especially during these days of an oppressive secularism, governmental and otherwise -- I can honestly say that this next volume offers a mighty blow against the forces of manipulation, fragmentation, and inhumanity at large in so many areas of contemporary life, thought, and society.  

Nancy and I are thrilled with how this project has developed, and we appreciate the vision and support of Philadelphia Biblical University in producing this hard copy and in supporting Nancy's writing and thinking. Great job all!


Obama: 63, Notre Dame: 0

By Rick Pearcey • March 27, 2009, 10:38 AM

The Obama "Alinskys" are thrashing the Notre Dame "Girly Girls," and here's a bit of color analysis by George Neumayr:

The Catholic Church in America has bred her own destroyers, graduating from doctrinally corrupt catechetical programs, schools and colleges two generations of pro-abortion politicians. Barack Obama, in his effortless Alinskyite style, has exploited this phenomenon to the hilt, seeking out Catholics such as Joe Biden and Kathleen Sebelius to serve as his agents of destruction.

The controversy this week at Notre Dame is one more snapshot of this self-implosion. Here we have the American bishops' most prominent university planning to confer an honorary degree upon Obama even as he accelerates the destruction of its moral teachings.

Coach Alinsky surely must be beaming in his grave. "Were Saul Alinsky alive today," notes Neumayr, "he would have to smile at the ease of it all. Obama can not only thwart the Church at every crucial turn and still retain the Catholic vote; he can even expect over the next few years prizes and pats on the back from Catholic colleges for doing so."

See also: "Notre Dame Should Disinvite Obama."

Notre Dunce: "Social Justice" Catholicism Hits Obottom

By Rick Pearcey • March 27, 2009, 09:54 AM

"I have been plenty ashamed of my alma mater in recent years," Laura Hollis writes. Among other things: 

Allowing performances of the artistically meritless and gratuitously vulgar play, “The Vagina Monologues” on a campus named for the woman whose body Catholics believe bore the Son of God was a new low.

But now the University of Notre Dame has sunk even lower, by inviting President Barack Obama to give the commencement address at this year’s graduation ceremonies in May, conferring upon him a doctor of laws honoris causa.

Obama’s enthusiasm for the deliberate destruction of human life is well-known by now.  He does not merely tolerate it; he has consistently used his political power to advance it.  And to advance the careers of others who support it. . . .

More from Hollis here.



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Youtube: MEP Daniel Hannan to PM Gordon Brown

By Rick Pearcey • March 26, 2009, 07:57 PM

"The Devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government."

Here's a transcript:

Prime Minister, I see you’ve already mastered the essential craft of the European politician, namely the ability to say one thing in this chamber and a very different thing to your home electorate. You’ve spoken here about free trade, and amen to that. Who would have guessed, listening to you just now, that you were the author of the phrase "British jobs for British workers" and that you have subsidised, where you have not nationalised outright, swathes of our economy, including the car industry and many of the banks? Perhaps you would have more moral authority in this house if your actions matched your words? Perhaps you would have more legitimacy in the councils of the world if the United Kingdom were not going into this recession in the worst condition of any G20 country?

The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money. The country as a whole is now in negative equity. Every British child is born owing around £20,000. Servicing the interest on that debt is going to cost more than educating the child. Now, once again today you try to spread the blame around; you spoke about an international recession, international crisis. Well, it is true that we are all sailing together into the squalls. But not every vessel in the convoy is in the same dilapidated condition. Other ships used the good years to caulk their hulls and clear their rigging; in other words -- to pay off debt. But you used the good years to raise borrowing yet further. As a consequence, under your captaincy, our hull is pressed deep into the water line under the accumulated weight of your debt We are now running a deficit that touches 10% of GDP, an almost unbelievable figure. More than Pakistan, more than Hungary; countries where the IMF have already been called in. Now, it’s not that you’re not apologising; like everyone else I have long accepted that you’re pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for these things. It’s that you’re carrying on, wilfully worsening our situation, wantonly spending what little we have left. Last year -- in the last twelve months -- a hundred thousand private sector jobs have been lost and yet you created thirty thousand public sector jobs.

Prime Minister, you cannot carry on for ever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit. You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. And when you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we’re "well-placed to weather the storm," I have to tell you that you sound like a Brezhnev-era apparatchik giving the party line. You know, and we know, and you know that we know that it’s nonsense! Everyone knows that Britain is worse off than any other country as we go into these hard times. The IMF has said so; the European Commission has said so; the markets have said so -- which is why our currency has devalued by thirty percent. And soon the voters too will get their chance to say so. They can see what the markets have already seen: that you are the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government.


Obama Approval Rating Drops Below 50%

By Rick Pearcey • March 26, 2009, 04:08 PM

From Zogby:

President Barack Obama's ratings for job performance and favorability did not improve over earlier this month. In the most recent survey, 49% rate his job performance as excellent or good and 50% as fair or poor (less than 1% were not sure). That is a dip of three points from the previous poll.

"It's a Zobgy poll, so a little skepticism is required," comments Rick Moran over at American Thinker. "But even Zogby -- a Democratic pollster -- isn't off by much more than the others. And Rasmussen has been showing a steady decline in the president's job approval as well."

Prediction: The more Americans understand who Obama is and the Federal-centric Empire for which he stands, the less they will appreciate him, his "investments," and the redefinition of America (read: "change") he seeks to impose. 


Bachmann Bill Would Ban Global Currency Replacing U.S. Dollar

By Rick Pearcey • March 26, 2009, 03:33 PM

From Eric Zimmerman at The Hill's Briefing Room.

People are beginning to take notice of Congresswoman Bachmann's defense of constitutional liberty against the rising socialist tyranny of the Obama era.

Here's a video of her questioning Treasury Secretary Geithner and Fed Chairman Bernanke on matters constitutional. 


Jim Wallis: Obama's "Red" Spiritual Advisor

By Rick Pearcey • March 26, 2009, 10:36 AM

David Noebel of Summit Ministries writes:

Who is the president's latest adviser? The Rev. Jim Wallis. Frontpage Magazine (March 17, 2009) reports, "The most notable of [Obama's] spiritual advisers today is his friend of many years, Rev. Jim Wallis." Rev. Wallis admits that he and Obama have "been talking faith and politics for a long time." He was picked by Obama to draft the faith-based policies of his campaign at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last year. Why should this alarm us?

First, Jim Wallis has had relationships with the communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).

Second, his "Witness for Peace" was an attempt to defend the Nicaraguan Sandinistas! Wallis, together with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Obama's former pastor of 20 years) "rallied support for the communist Nicaraguan regime and protested actions by the United States which supported the anti-communist Contra rebels" (Family World News, February 2009, p. 7).

Third, Wallis and his Sojourners Community of fellow-travelers believe Fidel Castro's Cuba, Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua and the other revolutionary forces "restructuring socialist societies" are the communist paradises the United States needs to emulate in order to establish "social justice." Writing in the November 1983 issue of Sojourners, Jacob Laksin notes, "Jim Wallis and Jim Rice drafted what would become the charter of leftist activists committed to the proliferation of communist revolutions in Central America" (Laksin, "Sojourners: History, Activities and Agendas" in Discoverthenetworks.org., 2005).

The ugly truth is Wallis wishes to see the destruction of the United States as a nation and in its place "a radical nonconformist community" patterned after the progressive, socialist commune he established in Washington, D.C., in 1971 (Laksin, Ibid.).

More from Noebel at WorldNetDaily.


Pearcey at Amazon on Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny"

By Rick Pearcey • March 26, 2009, 09:52 AM

It is absolutely vital that Americans understand that Statists -- goosestepping under the freedom-implying-but-in-fact-denying flag of "liberalism" -- have competely and totally rejected the "Mission Statement" -- the "vision statement" -- that defines the American experiment in freedom.

As history and clarity of thought show, the Statist program is a disaster that, if unchecked, leads to the deaths of millions of individual human beings, each and every one of them with names, fingerprints, families, hopes, dreams -- each and every one of them created in the image of God, endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights."

This is not a theory to talk about over tea at a picnic where everyone makes nice -- but a fact shaking the foundations of the body politic. Tyrants indeed tremble. Watch them bluster and manipulate before the camera, in print, on the Hollywood screen, and from the editorial chair.

As already we are seeing here in the United States, slavery and inhumanity are the natural and mathematically certain by-products of this unholy exchange of the "blessings of liberty" for the pathetically labelled "investments" of a Federal Empire already "loving" us to death. The Frankenstate is alive and well and kicking and imposing its not-so-soft tyranny upon the children of God and their birthright of liberty.    

A commitment to Freedom and Dignity under our true Creator -- as set forth in the Declaration and protected by the Constitution -- requires resistance at every level and with every fiber of our human being.

That's why, in addition to talking with friends, family members, speaking out on radio, writing here at Pro-Existence, and so on, I've posted "Levin Challenges Statist Tyranny, Reaffirms 'Mission/Vision Statement' of American Liberty" as an Amazon customer review of Liberty and Tyranny (adapted from here).

A lot more than posting reviews is needed, of course. We know that, and we are moving forward. "Change" -- Reformation -- on the basis of that remarkable Mission Statement courageously set forth at great price by the Founders -- is the only humane and free way to go. And that is where we are going. So Help Us God.



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mark Levin on Rush Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2009, 12:55 PM

Rush Limbaugh has announced that Mark Levin will join him on air at the top of the 1 O'Clock hour (eastern) to talk about "The Great One's" No. 1 best-seller Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.


States Rebellion Pending

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2009, 10:37 AM

Preach it, Brother Walt:

Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war.

Today it's the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King George's actions look mild in comparison. Our constitutional ignorance -- perhaps contempt, coupled with the fact that we've become a nation of wimps, sissies and supplicants -- has made us easy prey for Washington's tyrannical forces. But that might be changing a bit.

There are rumblings of a long overdue re-emergence of Americans' characteristic spirit of rebellion.

Praise the Lord (and I mean that) and pass the freedom (and I mean that).


Notre Dame Should Disinvite Obama

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2009, 10:23 AM

"Opposition is mounting to the University of Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to be a commencement speaker in May," reports OneNewsNow.

This is a sign of spiritual health. Inviting him to speak and conferring a degree upon him is a sign of spiritual weakness. Worldview confusion. Sellout.

By his language and actions, Obama inhabits a post-Catholic, post-Protestant, post-Christian, post-Declaration, post-Constitution, post-American, post-humane universe. Other than that, no problem.

Notre Dame would do well to disinvite the President with extreme unction. Just as the great and free people of the United States of America should show him and his Statist, Washington-centric worldview the door at the first opportunity. Exit stage left. Now, April 15, and forevermore. 

If asked to serve humanity in such a fashion, I'll be happy to stand in for the President at Notre Dame to explain the matter in further detail. You don't even have to confer a degree.


Amazing Octopus Fossil Proves Evolution?

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2009, 09:47 AM

Hardly. But, hey, "scientific" Darwin-thumpers need their comforting crutch. Truly free thinkers are willing to follow the evidence wherever it leads.

That's one reason I appreciate the information and approach given in the Biblical worldview. That liberating data calls for wholistic commitment based on objective truth, evidence, and sound reasoning vis-a-vis God, man, and the cosmos.

In other words, if something is not true to the evidence: Don't "believe" it. Not even if it's about "God." Especially if it's about God. Or kings, Presidents, preachers, used-car salemen, journalists, "hard-charging" leaders of ministries, and guys who wear white coats.

This approach is far more scientific -- and humane, by the way -- than what is allowed by the closed-down, reactionary attitude of ideological defenders of materialism disguised as science. Such silly peer pressure.

So don't be surprised when I say from time to time -- as I have said to the lovely, beautiful, and brilliant Nancy -- that I a) reserve the right to reject Christianity if the evidence requires such a decision, and b) that such an approach is utterly Biblical.

You might even call freedom of thought an unalienable right, endowed by the Creator, which, of course, religious and secular tyrants hate.


Tyrantspeak: Obama Uses "Invest" or "Investment" 18 Times in Press Conf. for Gov't Deficit Spending

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2009, 08:54 AM

Terry Jeffrey of CNSNews.com reports:

In Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary the first meaning listed for the word “investment” is “the outlay of money usually for income or profit,” and the meaning of the word “invest” is “to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return.”
 
The idea is that investing money is something private individuals and businesses do on the calculation that they will get back more money than they put into a particular enterprise.
 
In his prime-time Tuesday press conference, however, President Barack Obama used the words “invest” or “investment” 18 different times to describe the deficit spending he wants the federal government to undertake in pursuit of his budget plan.

Questions:

1. Is this not a tyrannical use of language, in which a powerful figure imposes subjective meanings upon words to manipulate people for political gain and ideological greed?

2. Could someone please explain why this is not a case of President Obama's lying to the American people?

3. Could someone demonstrate how this abuse of language cooly foisted upon a watching public is in any sense Christian (after all, the President claims to be a follower of "Jesus")? Or is this putative "faith" in "Jesus" unrelated to the information we have in the Bible?



Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Video: Rep. Michele Bachmann Questions Geithner, Bernanke About Constitution

By Rick Pearcey • March 24, 2009, 05:06 PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann: "The American people . . . are wondering if their government is making an historic shift jettisoning the free-market capitalism in favor of centralized government economic planning. I wonder Mr. Secretary if you would comment on that. . . ."

"What provision in the Constitution would give authority. . . . ?"  

Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts chairs the House Financial Services Committee.


Limbaugh Praises Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny"

By Rick Pearcey • March 24, 2009, 02:06 PM

Just moments ago, Rush Limbaugh sang high the praises of Mark Levin's new book, Liberty and Tyranny.

Limbaugh said during his daily radio broadcast that people often ask him for a reading list of books that will help explain what conservatism is. He said you don't need a reading list. You need a book: Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny.

The American people do need a thorough reaquaintance with the singular worldview and "mission statement" that has elevated this nation and her people since 1776 to heights of freedom and prosperity and concern for our fellow man unrivaled in human history.

Perfection, no. Of course not (that, my friends, is part of the story). But "substantial healing" -- to borrow a phrase from the great Francis Schaeffer -- yes. It's amazing what a people can do when they read the directions, especially if those directions have something to do with "unalienable rights" vested in humanity by virtue of our Creator.

Mark Levin's book may be the spark to set off that necessary reacquaintance. Well, let the reaquaintance begin. Let the true American spirit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, under God -- our true, living, and verifiable Creator -- rise up again from the ashes.  

By the way, Levin is discussing his book this week on his own radio show, and he will appear tomorrow on Rush's afternoon program. So pull up a chair. Let's get ready to rumble for freedom.

Oh, that banging you hear? Tyrants pounding down the back door, or trying to. Probably ACORN volunteers paid with our money, hoping to share their faith. Tyrants and bullies are worried any time a people great or small recovers their true identity under God. See Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider and you'll know what I mean.


Guess Who -- This Hill Denizen Is "Sleazy, Immoral, Inarticulate Windbag"

By Rick Pearcey • March 24, 2009, 10:22 AM

Oh, that doesn't sufficiently narrow it down for you?

Well, this lawmaker wants the Federal Empire out of our bedrooms (that's the propaganda line) but not out of our wallets (that's the truth). Tar and Feathers brigade report for duty here


Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny" No. 1 on Amazon

By Rick Pearcey • March 24, 2009, 09:38 AM

Checking Amazon last night at 1:49 a.m., I saw that Mark Levin's new book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, is No. 1. This is terrific news.

If America is to recover from the current secularist and statist attacks on the Declaration, the Constitution, the individual -- and on that way of life expressed in a civilization that takes seriously what the Creator has to say about all of life, including the life of politics and government -- then books such as Liberty and Tyranny are indispensable reading.

Add A Christian Manifesto (by Francis Schaeffer) and Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity (by Nancy Pearcey) and we see a growing body of a literature of resistance to a dehumanizing and un-American status quo.

There is more help on the way. The argument can be refined. But now is the time to act to defend our very civilization.

Let the work of freedom and dignity under God regain renewed energy and let it not rest until Americans the brave again emerge from under the ugliness and rubble of statism and secularism.  

We reject the darkness and inhumanity preached, imposed, and spewed forth by the Washington-Hollywood-Academia Axis and its propaganda organs otherwise known as the evening news.

We throw off these chains, this slavery. We hear the Founders' call to resist. The statist hatred of, and rejection of, the defining "vision statement" of the United States of America cannot, and will not, stand. 

Congratulations, Mark Levin, on the success of your new book and on your part in helping Americans -- and the world -- see something of the fresh air of Freedom over the horizon, always beyond the reach and smog of a Federal Empire that hates America the free and Americans the brave. Let Freedom Ring!



Monday, March 23, 2009

Son of Poet Sylvia Plath Commits Suicide

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2009, 01:57 PM

"The son of the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath has taken his own life, 46 years after his mother gassed herself while he slept," reports The Times.

"Nicholas Hughes hanged himself at his home in Alaska after battling against depression for some time, his sister Frieda said yesterday." 

Death, self-inflicted or otherwise, remains an outrage and an enemy.


Indiana, God, and License Plates

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2009, 10:13 AM

"Indiana has scrapped a problematic policy that deals with personalized license plates," reports OneNewsNow. "Following the filing of a lawsuit, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the Hoosier State has decided to abandon a policy against references to religion or a deity on what are commonly referred to as 'vanity license plates'." 

It's good to hear that mention of God is now OK in the great state of Indiana. Because said mention is already OK in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Founders' vision, and in any locale that respects the nonliberal, nonsecular mission statement set forth by the aforementioned documents and otherwise known as the American Experiment. 

Our true Creator is of course a public figure and has nothing to do with "religion" or "faith" in the poor, privatized, blind sense of those words in vogue in some circles today. In politics, for example, where elected officials on Capitol Hill vote for bills they have not read. Sometimes the President even signs them. Sorry, but this kind of blind faith is subhuman and pathetic. Any reasonable person or citizenry would revolt.

And that truncated view of "faith" has nothing to do with rich, evidentially grounded and reasonable call for wholistic commitment that shines so brightly in the public record we have of God's dealing with humanity in the history and information given in the Old and New Testaments. One wishes the politicians would live up to the Creator's high and humane standards of rationality and debate. Or at least make the effort.

Meanwhile, it's nice to see that the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to rejoin America. The content of the Declaration affirms a real Creator and rejects a false patriotism reduced to geography.

Shout it from the mountain tops, put it on a license plate, but most of all, live it out with a measure of integrity in every sphere of your daily life. That kind of "vanity" we can live with.


China to Unleash "Marx the Musical"

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2009, 08:11 AM

AFP seems to think this is news. But, too late: They're already singing and dancing Marx at the White House. 


Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2009, 07:43 AM

Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker

Mark Levin's new book, published today, is essential reading. It is a remarkable work on several different levels. It takes no degree of clairvoyance to predict that it will become an enormous best seller and very soon begin to influence the national political debate.

Liberty and Tyranny artfully presents a harmonious marriage of the timeless with the timely. One the one hand, the book is a thorough yet compact briefing on the major political issues of this era. On the other hand, the author brings to bear the principles of the American Founders and Framers of the Constitution (and the great thinkers who guided them), illustrating, dissecting, and explaining our current political arguments, while enlightening the reader with the genuine wisdom bequeathed to all of us -- the sacred trust of the Founders, embodied in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and Federalist Papers, all of which are quoted and applied with insight and precision.

Why buy, read, and apply this book? "If you care passionately about America," Lifson writes, "and worry for its future -- and who doesn't, given the current national leadership? -- then you owe it yourself to buy and devour this marvelous work. It is an essential antidote to what ails America at the moment." 



Friday, March 20, 2009

Radio "Worldview Correspondent" Rick Pearcey

By Rick Pearcey • March 20, 2009, 09:58 AM

Please stay tuned for program announcements as I am happy to join San Francisco KDIA 1640 AM radio talk how host Karen Hughes for occasional "Worldview Correspondent" (scroll down to "Special Correspondents") comment and analysis on news, trends, people, and events.

The name of the program is "Changing Worldviews." Here's a link to our interview on "Revenue, Rush, and Revolt?"



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rush Limbaugh and Teleprompter Rights

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2009, 03:33 PM

A guy can't even get a cup of coffee anymore.

There I was, innocently frequenting the Bistro le Pearcey, Ahmadinejading a cup of cold kava java, and what does one hear but the heartless Rush Limbaugh on the radio and at it again.

"I hope Obama's teleprompter fails!," he intoned. 

That's right. He said it. "I hope Obama's teleprompter" . . . and then the "f word."

I kid you not.

It's actually worse than you think. This bald assertion is -- apparently  -- a reiteration of equally brazen insensitive and unfair remarks made just yesterday: On the air --  Public air waves -- In Obama's America -- During the Era of Change.

I'm not claiming that I personally heard these remarks of yesterday. If I had, I would have told you. In any case, I do not live in the past. Besides, my fellow Americans, Mr. Limbaugh himself admits to uttering them. 

Do you understand what is being said here? "I hope Obama's teleprompter fails!" (Sorry for the adult language. Hope no kids are reading.)

Does Mr. Limbaugh not realize that teleprompters are people too? Their job is hard enough and challenging enough as it is. Have you not seen their schedule?

Let us be clear: Teleprompters have rights, too. And let there be no doubt: They do not need these kinds of distractions.  

As the San Franciso branch of the Teleprompter Rights Action League has made clear: The fundamental rights of presidential teleprompters are self-evidently existant in the penumbra of the perception of human beings vis-a-vis the living Constitution of the United States of America. George Washington himself could not have stated it, or intended to state it, more plainly.

And if you think not Mr. Limbaugh -- or Sean or Mark or Laura or Glenn -- well, how dare you "otherise" perfectly respectable, loving, hardworking, and patriotic teleprompters who are just as valued and just as much a part of the family as any other vital component of our march into the future. Yes they can!

And shame on those who impose their values on the facts of others' heartfelt readings of the penumbras of perceptions of the living Constitution of the United States of America. Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave.

Now the coffee's cold again. Back to the bistro. Dare I turn on the radio? Sean might say something.


Comrade Obama: Cap-and-Trade Socialism

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2009, 08:29 AM

Obama loves America and has a wonderful plan for our lives.

Furthermore, he is thoughtfully creating a massive Federal Empire to ensure that evil private-sector interests do not stand in the way of a progressive, secularist Washington-centric state that also loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., however, knows a socialist when he sees one:

The Prophet Obama was very disturbed recently when asked if he was a socialist. Socialism is government control of the means of producing and distributing goods and services. What I have just described is a powerful instrumentality toward socialism. Along with Cap-and-Trade, the Obama Administration is calling for a sufficient number of these instrumentalities to socialism that by the next election the United States will be very close to being a socialist state. There is no point in Obama arguing against that observation. He ought simply to come out and say it. He is for socialism. What could possibly be wrong with that?

What on earth is Tyrrell up to? People like him could ruin Obama's best-laid plans. Something to consider at tea-time. 


Haggard, Wife to Appear on Divorce Show

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2009, 06:52 AM

Roll the "Divorce Court" videotape. AP reports:

The Haggards say their marriage and Christian faith are stronger than ever, and they want people to know that divorce is not the answer.

"This is part of Ted's journey," Gayle Haggard said. "It's made him a better man. I see what has happened as a divine rescue."

AP also reports: "The couple will be paid an undisclosed amount for the interview, the latest in a series of public appearances that started in January when Ted Haggard began promoting an HBO documentary about his time in exile. He also has appeared on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' and 'Larry King Live.'"


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Feds Undercut Ammo Supply

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2009, 09:43 AM

"A recent government policy change has taken a bite out of the nation's already stressed ammunition supply," reports WND, "leaving arms dealers scrambling to find bullets for private gun owners."

Gun and self-defense advocates are concerned, "eyeing the change in government policy with suspicion and filling the blogosphere with speculation that the effects of the policy change may be deliberate."

More from WND:

"It is an end-run around Congress. They don't need to try to ban guns -- they don't need to fight a massive battle to attempt gun registration, or limit 'assault' weapon sales," writes firearm instructor and author Gordon Hutchinson on his The Shootist blog. "Nope. All they have to do is limit the amount of ammunition available to the civilian market, and when bullets dry up, guns will be useless."

The Second Amendment states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Surley, our friends in Washington wouldn't be trying to find a way around the Constitution, would they?


Obama: Thank me very much!

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2009, 09:31 AM

Teleprompt Prez Obama blunders at White House. 


Homeschool Job Openings

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2009, 07:56 AM

Here are announcements from the  Home School Legal Defense Association.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Court Upholds Moment of Silence in Texas

By Rick Pearcey • March 17, 2009, 04:23 PM

"Texas students will continue to have the right to pray at the beginning of each school day," reports OneNewsNow.

"We just got a three-to-zero ruling in favor of the Moment of Silence law preserving the rights of kids to be able to pray silently at the beginning of the school day and be able to do that without government interference," explains Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Legal Institute.

Sasser says the lawsuit was brought by atheists offended that school children might pray silently in school. 

Speaking of Texas and freedom, one wonders: Do you think defenders of the Alamo prayed, silently or otherwise? Do you think they would have waited for a judge to OK such prayer? Do you think the likes of a Davy Crockett or Jim Bowie would have cared one Tequila whether Santa Anna or Karl Marx might be offended?

Which do you think more likely -- that the Alamo heroes saw their rights as human beings rooted in a secular, atheistic state or, rather, in our true Creator, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence?

Do you think the Creator, who is a public and knowable figure by the way, is upset when people created in His image and endowed by Him with "certain unalienable rights" honestly exercise those rights in public spaces such as schools, even the local government school?

Finally, who is more in line with the American mission statement as set forth in the Declaration and protected by the Constitution, atheists who want to shut prayer down in public places -- or citizens, including kids, who want to live wholistically in community with their true Creator?



Monday, March 16, 2009

Poll: Global Warming Message Losing Ground

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2009, 08:03 PM

Good. Now if we can just increase public skepticism regarding the overheated, unconstitutional, bloated federal government.


Vader Art Alert: The Debt Star

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2009, 05:33 PM

Hat tip: Sandra Crosnoe, Libertylive.

On Forbidding "Miss" and "Mrs."

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2009, 03:20 PM

The PC Steamroller targets yet more examples of recalcitrant language diversity, making the world safe for "Euro Chief" sameness, oneness, flatness, and the decolorfication of humane dialogue.  

Bonus Diversity Coverage: Multicultural Carnage.


Audio: Chief Justice Roberts Accepts "Eligibility" Petition

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2009, 02:31 PM

"A California attorney lobbying the U.S. Supreme Court for a review of Barack Obama's qualifications to be president confronted the chief justice [in Moscow, Idaho, last Friday] with legal briefs and a WND petition bearing names of over 325,000 people asking the court to rule on whether or not the sitting president fulfills the Constitution's 'natural-born citizen' clause," reports WND.

"According to Orly Taitz, the attorney who confronted Chief Justice John Roberts at a lecture at the University of Idaho, the judge promised before the gathered crowd that he would, indeed, read and review the briefs and petition."

Taitz told WND: "I addressed him in front of 800 people in the audience, including university officials, the president of the Idaho State Bar and the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Idaho, and in front of all them, [Roberts] promised to read my papers."

For more information, including audio of the interchange between Orly Taitz and Chief Justice Roberts, visit the Defend Our Freedoms Foundation.


If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2009, 05:00 AM

That's what the "Young Patrick Henry" would do. This from Quin Hillyer at AmSpec:

No, not treason against this wonderful nation. But this column may sound suspiciously like treason against the cult of Obama, and against his hagiographers in the establishment media, and against the very idea that this president actually loves this nation's liberal, republican, constitutional order. Consider this also to be treason against the myth that our president is a man of deep, or even average, integrity.

Barack Obama is a radical's radical and a man whose ego vastly outstrips his prior accomplishments. He is dangerous, and after just seven weeks he already is leading this country into disaster. . . .

Lovers of freedom and dignity must understand: 

President Barack Obama doesn't want to "change" some policies; he wants to change America itself. And he wants to do it on a fast track before the American public fully catches on to him. He knows that some changes, once implemented, are almost impossible to undo.

Rhetorically, organizationally, financially, and politically, he must be stopped. Must.

And if this be treason, make the most of it.


"I Pledge Allegiance to Obama"?

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2009, 04:49 AM

Sweetness and Light has noticed "Obama's (Highly Creepy) 'Pledge Project'," complete with training videos and a commitment to "I'm asking you to believe." 

Says S&L:

Anyone who is a student of totalitarian regimes, especially Nazi Germany, should recognize this tactic. Mr. Obama has organized his own cadre of Brown Shirts (or, if you prefer, Red Shirts) to agitate for his agenda.

Mr. Alinsky would be proud. And rightly so. For this is simply the continuation of Mr. Obama’s perpetual campaign. A campaign, as we noted at the time, that was modeled on Saul Alinsky’s organizing principles.

Of course, Alinsky, had modeled his methods on the great communist and/or fascist agitators of the past. Hence, the unsettling resemblance to Soviet-style and Nazi Germany agit-prop.

If you think audacious initiatives such as this violate the mission statement of the the United States of America, you're right. "Pledge Projects" or any move that smacks of loyalty oaths to individual leaders, or to a secularistic Washington-centrism for that matter, have nothing to do with the liberating unity and diversity under our true and knowable Creator currently banished by the "faith" agenda of the paternalistic power establishment. The secular state is not God, and Barack Obama is not his prophet.

"Another polarizing move from Barack Obama," writes Thomas Lifson. "His permanent campaign is organizing a political organization loyal to him, bound by a pledge, outside the government and existing party apparatus. The historical precedents are ominous."

Hat Tip: American Thinker.



Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rome-Florence-Paris Tour With Pearceys Still Open?

By Rick Pearcey • March 14, 2009, 04:53 PM

We received an inquiry today asking whether the June 2009 "worldview conference on wheels" tour of Rome-Florence-Paris is still open.

Answer: Yes!

A reminder: We sent the manuscript of Nancy's new book (which is related to theme of the tour) to our agent, and now a publisher is talking a look.

Those who attend the tour will get an exclusive preview of what Nancy has been working on.



Friday, March 13, 2009

Radical Rules for Girl Scouts' Birthday

By Rick Pearcey • March 13, 2009, 03:13 PM

The Girl Scouts turned 97 yesterday, but "there is not much to celebrate," says columnist Jane Chastain. "Membership is down. Cookie sales have dwindled, and they are floundering around trying to be relevant."

"Trying to be relevant," as in:

Yes, the GSUSA is dumping the "dorky" vests and "singalongs" around the campfire (the words of others, not my own) in an effort to be "cool" and "edgy." It's sad, really, like a senior citizen shopping for a bikini and getting a tattoo in an effort to be noticed.

Individual achievement and earning badges are out. Political correctness and self-esteem are in. Girls still will have an opportunity to earn badges -- for now -- but the emphasis is on the new Journeys programs, which focus on broad themes and encourage "groupthink."

Mothers, who "have traditionally been the backbone of scouting," are also on the outs:

Moms . . . have served as mentors and troop leaders, chauffeurs, fundraisers and organizers. Today, moms are being told to take a hike when their daughters become teenagers. Yes, moms are to be replaced at the most critical time in a girl's life with young adults or others judged to be suitably "hip" and trained by groups like the Ashland Institute who will lead their daughters down the garden path toward the New Age.

And "God" gets the "asterisk" treatment:

In 1993, God was reduced to an asterisk in the Girl Scout Promise. Sure, the Creator can still come along on these Journeys if a scout so desires, providing the great I AM can tolerate the moral relativism that permeates these programs.

What does this mean?

It means: Someone is celebrating.

The secularist. The socialist. The relativist. The feminist. And maybe a president.

A decline in membership and cookie sales is small price to pay to convert and thereby neutralize an organization that might stand in the way of radically redefined "hope" and "change." Some might think it's just the price of doing business. The community organizing business.

And well worth the price, I might add. The last thing radicals want is a free-thinking group that encourages strong girls to develop into strong women. They might question authority, and that could throw a monkey wrench into the ever-expanding Patriarchy on the Potomac.

"It is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system," says Saul Alinksy in Rules for Radicals

You may recall that Barack Obama was mentored in the "Alinsky method." He knows how to work the system. So when radicals rule a group in decline, don't be surprized if Obama celebrates. 



Thursday, March 12, 2009

It Takes a Tyrant: "General Welfare" Myth Debunked

By Rick Pearcey • March 12, 2009, 09:21 AM

Regular exercise is good for your health, just like helmets and seat belts. But should Congress pass a law?

Walter E. Williams lays out an argument for such action:

What about Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which says Congress shall provide for the 'general welfare of the United States'? Surely, healthy Americans contribute to the nation's general welfare.

"That's precisely the response I'd expect from your average law professor, congressman or derelict U.S. Supreme Court justice," says Williams. "Let's look at what the men who wrote the Constitution had to say about its general welfare clause."

Williams quotes James Madison:

In a letter to Edmund Pendleton, James Madison, the father of the Constitution, said, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one. ..."

Madison also said, "With respect to the two words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution [think: "living Constitution"] into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

And this from Thomas Jefferson: "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated."

On this line of analysis, what you have is not a constitutional rule of law but an unconstitutional rule by "legislative thugs who issue orders" from their power base in Washington, D.C.

Upshot: Regular exercise is good for your health. But there's something amiss, undignifed, and, yes, thuggish, in allowing a federal-centric regime to manipulate a document of liberty into a document of control so that forces in Washington can tell you and me and everyone how much time to spend on the treadmill. 

That's not health, it's tyranny. And tyranny is bad for the general welfare.



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Book Developments for Nancy Pearcey

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2009, 03:08 PM

Great news!

As of today, Nancy's next best-selling book is in the hands of our great agents (Yates & Yates). Pre-publication readers are already taking a look.

It's not yet time to release details. But let me just say: If you liked Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity, well, get ready to celebrate again. We'll keep you informed with further updates.


"Jesus" Banned, So Chaplain Resigns

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2009, 09:46 AM

From OneNewsNow:

A former chaplain [Rex Carter] with the Virginia State Police says he had no choice but to step down after a new policy took effect requiring generic prayers at department events.

Stepping down does not mean giving up.

“Why be silent on an issue that I have felt strongly about enough to resign from a program that I feel is so important,“ Carter said. He believes the prayer bill will eventually be re-introduced. In the meantime, he’s encouraging people everywhere to stand up for their religious rights. 

Consistent with the mission statement of the United States, the Founders stood up for their human right to publicly speak and publicly behave in ways consistent with their having been made in the image of God and endowed by our true, public, and nongeneric Creator with "certain unalienable rights," among them "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Officer Carter seems to understand and respect this humane and liberating vision that defines American progress. May his efforts to re-establish the "blessings of liberty" enjoy the support of the One from whom those blessings derive. That approach seemed to work well for George Washington and company.



Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Total Truth Trekkies

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2009, 07:16 PM

We appreciate the way pastors and churches continue to find Total Truth a helpful book. Here's a recent recommendation.


Czech Prez: What Climate Activists Really Want

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2009, 06:02 PM

Save the planet, right? Perhaps not, according to this report from CNSNews.com:  

Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, told the International Conference on Climate Change that the true aim of environmentalists is to stop global development, not save the planet.
 
Klaus, an economist by trade and a skeptic of the theory of man-made global warming, delivered the keynote speech to an audience of more than 600, including 75 scientists, economists, and environmental policy experts, as the conference got underway in New York City on Sunday.
 
“Their true plans and ambitions: to stop economic development and return mankind centuries back,” he declared. “It is evident that the environmentalists don’t want to change the climate. They want to change our behavior. Their ambition is to control and manipulate us.”

Here's the rest of the story from CNSNews.com.


Rick on Radio: "Revenue, Rush, and Revolt?"

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2009, 03:30 PM

My radio interview with "Changing Worldviews" host Sharon Hughes of KDIA 1640 AM in San Francisco aired yesterday.

We are also adding the Center for Changing Worldviews to our list of resources under "Groups" on the main page of The Pearcey Report.

To listen to "Revenue, Rush, and Revolt?," click here.


Italian Grandmother Revolts

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2009, 01:31 PM

From Facebook:

"My friend's Italian grandmother, lifelong Democrat, told her grandson Tony, 'Bama no good' . . . Who am I to disagree?"

On which another Facebooker commented: "Grandma knows best!"


March on Washington July 4!

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2009, 08:35 AM

Joseph Farah writes:

I'm not an organizer.

I'm not big on protest rallies.

I'm not even persuaded that real, meaningful, long-lasting national policy change can come from influencing our elected leaders in Washington.

However, I think it's time for a march on Washington to galvanize forces who don't want to see America destroyed by socialism.

That time is July 4, 2009.

Judging from the anger and frustration I am sensing in this country right now, I have no doubts such a march could bring 1 million people to the nation's capital.  

People are mad. They are fuming. There is widespread righteous indignation across this country, and someone or something needs to channel it constructively and positively in a major show of force.

The Pearcey Report supports the restoration of the true and original mission statement of the United States of America, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, as protected by the U.S. Constitution, and as advanced against all odds, under God, our true Creator, by men and women of history and reason and conviction, to do what is right and humane in these challenging times at our door.

Independence on Independence Day. What say you, America? 



Monday, March 9, 2009

Live Vote Update: Obama in Deeper Flunk at MSNBC Performance Poll

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2009, 11:17 PM

New results: Thus far, 56% of 33,146 responses award the president an "F".

11% award him a "D".

Therefore, 67% of responses award Obama a "D" or "F," up from 58% at 4:52 this afternoon.


Wikipedia Scrubs Obama Eligibility

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2009, 06:56 PM

Has WND uncovered patriotic vigilance?

Wikipedia, the online "free encyclopedia" mega-site written and edited entirely by its users, has been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Barack Obama's presidency, with administrators kicking off anyone who writes about the subject, WND has learned.

A perusal through Obama's current Wikipedia entry finds a heavily guarded, mostly glowing biography about the U.S. president. Some of Obama's most controversial past affiliations, including with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former Weathermen terrorist Bill Ayers, are not once mentioned, even though those associations received much news media attention and served as dominant themes during the presidential elections last year.

Or a dysfunctional system well-defended?


Obama Cares Not for Conscience of America

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2009, 05:41 PM

Jake Jones examines a conscience.

This past week, Pres. Obama’s administration published its official request to rescind the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulation that clarifies that health care professionals have a right to conscience and should not be forced to participate in aborting a baby, or other medical services, that offend their moral convictions.

This is of great concern for Christians across the country. Not only because of the reversal of the ‘rights of conscience’ clause, but because Obama has chosen Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services. She is a high profile supporter of abortion and has strong ties to pro-abortion organizations.

"President Obama is working to deprive the country of medical professionals who use their consciences when treating their patients," said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. "Women, babies, and families deserve conscientious health care by doctors who believe in the sanctity of human life. It is wrong for the U.S. government to condemn doctors who follow the Hippocratic principle of 'do no harm'. This is un-American." 

Hat tip: UnbornHumanLife.


Live Vote: Obama Flunking MSNBC Performance Poll

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2009, 04:52 PM

Thus far, 47% out of 22,983 responses award the prez an "F".

58% award him a "D" or an "F".


Secularist Washington-Centrism Is Un-American

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2009, 11:55 AM

It's a radical departure from the mission statement set forth in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the U.S. Constitution. Actor and activist Chuck Norris resists this mistake, and well he should.

That founding vision statement rests upon a Creator, not upon a federal-centric state. The fullness of life and liberty under God is protected, not attacked.

To throw that mission statement away, as secularists seem intent on doing, is to throw away a unique expression of the foundations of political freedom and economic liberty. We should not be surprised if the result is unfreedom and financial crisis, with a messianic regime ready to step in and save our souls. All we have to lose is our freedom.

Our current president says he is a Christian, and he has taken an oath to protect the Constitution. But his approach thus far bespeaks a fragmentation that seems to reject the wholeness and humanity that comes from applying verifiable information from a knowable Creator to political and governmental life.  One strains to see any real connection to either the Christ or Constitution of history.

What we hear instead is class warfare, idealistic envy, and group hatreds derived from an ignoble pedigree in the thought of Marx and Engels but brushed up with political god-talk that passes muster in the polls and focus groups of the moment. On the march is unsurpassed political greed, crisis mongering, and daily assaults on the intelligence and dignity of the American citizen.

These assaults march under high-sounding banners of diversity, tolerance, and choice. This emotional symbolism is as expected and as required by the dictates of positive PR and the techniques of cultural conversion. You don't really think they'd put barbed wire and aborted babies on their banners, do you?  Only the elite of the elite get to see the holy of holies.

The Founders set forth a mission statement sufficiently enwisened by information from the Creator that they were able to develop a profound and unparalleled political document. Tyrants may not like it, but the Founders relied on politically actionable content from our true Creator, and this made all the difference in the world. That has been, despite the imperfections that attend any people or nation in this broken world, the amazing story of the United States up until the recent past, when secularists began more desperately to reject the true mission statement of the United States to impose one of their own instead.  

There now is talk of tea parties, Alamos, rebellion, and Chuck Norris as President of Texas. Apparently, he's not the only guy around who has a better understanding of the American spirit than does the current occupant of the Oval Office. 



Saturday, March 7, 2009

Casting Call for Obama Birth Certificate Movie!

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2009, 07:09 PM

Hollywood Hawaii-style hangs ten for Obama:

Perhaps a film made in Hawaii will put the idea to rest that Obama was not born in the United States. For some skeptics showing a birth certificate might not have been enough. Now some University students are about to produce a film about Obama's birth.

After this investigative effort, how about a documentary on how an unseen-by-public-eyes $10 birth certificate turned into a near-abouts $800,000 pumpkin for 3 law firms?

In any case, someone might well ask: What, really, is the big deal? The U.S. has been operating without a Constitution for some time now, so what's the problem with not producing a little ol' birth certificate?


Some $800,000, 3 Law Firms, 1 Birth Certificate . . . and Yet

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2009, 05:54 PM

The Obama birth certificate issue is not going away, writes Al Ritter at Examiner.com:

The newest plaintiffs on the scene for lawsuits about Obama’s birth certificate are a group of military personnel, some active, some reservists, and some retired. They all share the same concern, they don’t think that our sitting President has the requirements set forth in the Constitution to be our President.

Many cases have already been submitted concerning the same issues, but all so far have either been dismissed without comment, or dismissed on the grounds of “no standing.” So far Barack Obama has spent close to $800,000 through 3 different law firms to deny access to his birth certificate, and not the Certificate of Live Birth, he showed on his website prior to the election. . . . 
One has to wonder what Obama has to hide, and why he’d spend almost $800,000 to avoid producing a $10 birth certificate, and why with all the present law suits the US Supreme Court has so far refused to hear even one. The biggest question is why wouldn’t the Congress institute a law to avoid this in the future, unless they already know the answer to this question. 
One also has to wonder: If a $10 birth certificate is going to cost some $800,000 and 3 law firms in the era of Obama, what can we expect regarding Obamatized healthcare, education, housing, and energy?

This Obama's Birth Certificate?

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2009, 03:25 PM

This document should finally put to rest any lingering concerns about the eligibility of Barack Obama to serve as the duly and constitutionally elected President of the United States of America.

Memo to Doubters: It's time to quit distracting the president and get back to work for America, change, the common good, and something bigger than ourselves. Capisce, my friend?


Michelangelo, Schaeffer, and the Kingdom of Washington

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2009, 01:01 PM

The great Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo was born March 6, 1475, 534 years ago yesterday. He began work on his famed statue the David in 1501 and completed it in 1504. Michelangelo was 29 years old. 

Let's consider this man and his art and its relevance for our day, interacting with comments from Francis Schaeffer in his work How Should We Then Live? (Crossway: Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer, Vol. 5, pp. 114-115).

Schaeffer begins inside the Accademia in Florence, where the David is located:

Here we see on either side Michelangelo's statues of men "tearing themselves out of the rock." These were sculpted between 1519 and 1536. They make a real humanistic statement: Man will make himself great. Man as Man is tearing himself out of the rock. Man by himself will tear himself out of nature and free himself from it. Man will be victorious. . . ."

I saw and touched (winning the polite attention of security) one of these statues during my first and only (thus far!) visit to Florence. I had hitched a ride from L'Abri in Switzerland and carried with me a copy of Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy. Having that book in your mind was a tremendous way to see Florence.

"At the focal point of the room," Schaeffer continues, is the "magnificent statue of David (1504)."

As a work of art it has few equals in the world. Michelangelo took a piece of marble so flawed that no one thought it could be used, and out of it he carved this overwhelming statue. But let us notice that the David was not the Jewish David of the Bible. David was simply a title. Michelangelo knew his Judaism, and in the statue the figure is not circumcised. We are not to think of this as the biblical David but as the humanistic ideal. Man is great!

Man, human beings -- you and me, our neighbors, all of us red and yellow, black and white -- in fact are great. But not, as the unfinished statues of Michelangelo may suggest, because we have to tear ourselves out of nature. 

Rather, consistent with what the Declaration of Independence avows (which is the "Vision Statement" or "Mission Statement" of the United States), what makes humanity great is that we are the magnificent work of a Divine Sculptor, who happens to be the Creator by virtue of whom every single human being is endowed with "certain unalienable rights." And, by the way, Nature is also great and not a meaningless piece of particulate junk, because she too is a gift from the Creator and therefore ought to be cared for and respected, just like Genesis 1:28 liberates humanity to do.

As Schaeffer describes it, the political situation of Michelangelo's day bears some resemblance to our our own: 

The statue was originally planned to stand forty feet above the street on one of the buttresses of the cathedral, but was placed outside the city hall in Florence, where a copy now stands. The Medicis, the great banking family which had dominated Florence since 1434, had run the city by manipulating its republican constitution. A few years before David was made, the Medicis had been thrown down by the people and a more genuine republic restored (1494). Thus, as the statue was raised outside the city hall, though Michelangelo himself had been a friend of the Medicis, his David was seen as the slayer of tyrants. Florence was looking with confidence toward a great future. (Emphasis added.)

We see in our own day a manipulating of a "republican constitution" (think: "living" Constitution). Central to the truly living Mission Statement of United States (in the Declaration of Independence) is that a republic under the Creator would respect unalienable rights from that Creator, resulting in a balance of "form and freedom" (a phrase often used by Schaeffer). This amazing and unique balance maximized individual liberty among the people and states but without chaos, and it also established a unity of purpose nationally but without overweening control out of Washington.

To put this in contemporary parlance, it wasn't "unity is our strength" or "diversity is our strength," but rather "unity and diversity under God is our strength." All the difference in world.

To the degree that secular elites have imposed an alien agenda that casts away the founding Mission Statement of the United States (or keeps the form but denies the meaning), to that degree we have seen a corresponding loss of individual freedom, including direct attacks on the unalienable rights hardwired into humanity by the verifiable and knowable Creator. Not unrelated to this, the economic crisis we see today emerges in no small degree from a secularist, power-minded Washington-centrism and is the natural outworking of uprooting the American experiment in liberty from what the Founders knew is the soil of liberty as gifted to humanity by the Creator.

"Hope springs eternal," says the poet. And in the David is a "statement of what the humanistic man saw himself as being tomorrow!," says Schaeffer.

In this statue we have man waiting with confidence in his own strength for the future. Even the disproportionate size of the hands says that man is powerful. This statue is idealistic and romantic. There was and is no man like the David. If a girl fell in love with the statue and waited until she found such a man, she would never marry. Humanism was standing in its proud self and the David stood as a representation of that.

The challenge for humanism is not its ideals per se, but that it lacks an adequate intellectual basis to sustain those ideals, so that when crisis comes, we see breakdown instead of recovery. And we do see the breakdown, despite the concerted efforts of political, PR, and marketing types working overtime to simultaneously distract (e.g., attack Rush Limbaugh) and overlay a comfortable but Orwellian spin upon the breakdown (e.g., the president not concerned about market "gyrations").

However, in the world beyond the teleprompter, the press release, and the attack dog, what we are witnessing today is not just the loss of economic power and freedom, but also assaults on freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religious exercise, and so on. Man is great, but man is not God. You could put all the smartest people in the world in Washington and still the federal government is not God, as the original Vision Statement of the United States clearly understands. Secularist Washington-centrism must decrease if a humane American liberty is to increase. Read the directions.  

Our Founders understood this, but many of today's elites seem to reject it. It's not that the secularists are too smart for their own good, but that they are operating out of an inadequate philosophic framework. We'll recover as a nation if we return to the original Mission Statement and mark progress from that point forward. 

Perhaps the later Michelangelo can help lead the way forward:

[T]here are signs that by the end of his life Michelangelo saw the humanism was not enough. Michelangelo in his later years was in close touch with Vittoria Colonna (1490-1547), a woman who had been influenced by Reformation thought. Some people feel they see some of that influence in Michelangelo's life and work. However that may be, it is true that his later work did change. Many of his early works show his humanism, as does his David. In contrast stand his later Pietas (statues of Mary holding the dead Christ in her arms) in the cathedral in Florence and in the castle in Milan, which was probably his last. In the Pieta in the cathedral in Florence, Michelangelo put his own face on Nicodemus (or Joseph of Arimathea -- whichever the man is), and in both of the Pietas humanistic pride seems lessened, if not absent.

I began this post this morning simply as an effort to show an appreciation for one of my favorite artists, a person that I and a host of others would surely have liked to have known. He, like all of us, had his struggles. But even the Great Michelangelo of the Pietas was willing to place himself at the feet of a flesh and blood rebel condemned as a common criminal who happened to be the Savior and Son of God. That's right: A resurrected guy from the Middle East outback whose love and truth challenged and overturns the hopeful but inadequate humanism of then and now. 

The Founders understood the centrality and necessity of the Creator, and they rejected the idolatry of the federal state and the Kingdom of Washington. Many of us today get it. Hope and freedom never die. They are unalienable. They are hardwired into humane and human existence. Yes, we get it. Let's hope Washington hears before it's too late.  



Friday, March 6, 2009

Execute Rush for Treason?

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2009, 04:44 PM

Yep. CNN.


Baldwin Brother Blames Hollywood for Teen Suicide

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2009, 04:25 PM

Brother Steve pushes the envelope: 

The violence, vulgarity, and anti-family fare produced in excess in Hollywood contributes to social decay and the higher rates of youth suicide and teen pregnancy, actor and media personality Stephen Baldwin told CNSNews.com. He added that pro-family films sell well and more conservatives should move into the industry to control the content and produce the types of films that many American families desire. 
 
“Hollywood and the Academy has an agenda every year,” Baldwin told CNSNews.com at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. “Okay -- the fact that they churn out more content that is gratuitously violent and sexual and vulgar when in fact more family programming -- animated films and things like that -- make more money, there’s your agenda problem right there. . . .

How to make it better?

“I’m not saying that Hollywood or people that create content in Hollywood should not be allowed to do it,” said Baldwin. “I’m saying that the people who want more conservative content out there need to get into positions where they can create that.”

A little Screwtape here, a little fireman there, and before long you might create a humane alternative to the current fare. A renaissance is long overdue. 

Here's a video interview with Baldwin

Hat tip: Big Hollywood.


Brownback "Throwing Unborn Under the Bus"

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2009, 03:34 PM

Blood for power?

A pro-life activist says Senator Sam Brownback's decision to support pro-abortion Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services secretary shows that his commitment to the unborn is merely political rather than a core value. . . .

Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, Incorporated, says Brownback -- a self-professed pro-life Catholic -- "abandoned" the unborn by backing Sebelius.
 
"I think it's typical of what we've seen over the years when somebody's commitment to the unborn is political rather than a core value with them," says the pro-life leader. "It's like the difference between a politician and a statesman."
 
Crutcher says Brownback's desire to become the next governor of Kansas may be driving his support of Sebelius. "All of Brownback's flowery words in the past don't really mean much," he says. "When push comes to shove, he'll throw the unborn under the bus for some political advantage -- and that's what's happened here."

OneNewsNow reports that it "has twice contacted Senator Brownback's office for comment on his support of Sebelius. Those emails have not been returned."


Pelosi Backs Senate Move to Regulate Talk Radio

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2009, 03:07 PM

File under "diversity is our battering ram" --

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNSNews.com on Thursday that she supports an amendment to a Senate bill that would force the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest.”
 
The amendment’s language is viewed by many media experts as a means to regulate conservative talk radio, particularly popular programs such as the Rush Limbaugh Show and the Sean Hannity Show, among many others.


The Evil Religious Presidents Do

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2009, 12:20 PM

Dave Miller writes at Facebook:

Rick, Have you noticed how all of these liberals and pseudo-conservatives are coming out of the woodwork and proclaiming shock that Obama is actually a radical leftist, possibly even a card-carrying socialist and outright Marxist? After all the stuff with Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground and Rev Wrong and Black Liberation Theology, you have to wonder exactly what they were thinking.

Of course we know what they were thinking. They were letting their liberal notion of "white guilt" lead them to vote for the first black president despite his views and positions, simply on account of his race. If anyone is a racial coward (sensu AG Holder) it's the cowardly left who blindly voted for Lord Obama.

And this is the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is that they all knew exactly what they were getting and are now having second thoughts. Their leftist "bed-time story" is a heck of a lot scarier in person than in the text books and leftist think-tanks.

Comment: It is important to analyze the presuppositions and worldviews of those seeking office, because office-seekers always actualize them, or try to. This will help protect people from superficial, politically correct, and reactionary analysis of trends and current events.

Obama may employ the term Christian to describe himself and may throw in a Bible verse for good measure. But to the degree that he presupposes and works within Marxist categories (class struggle, class warfare, spread the wealth, blame and therefore tax "the rich"), those presuppositions will seek incarnation in Obama's policies. A Christian label -- often just political god-talk -- is no match for the actual thoughtforms that inhabit and move a person. (This analysis, by the way, holds for any politician or public figure, including Republicans.)

This worldview dynamic is how a "Christian" can advocate that which does not line up with real-world information we have from the verifiable and knowable Creator, creating a seedbed for hypocrisy, manipulation, distrust, inhumanity, and revolt.

This is one reason resistance is a civilized option to a "Christian" president who accepts the ugly fascist barbarism of abortion. To wave the bloody banner of "choice" contradicts reason, advances oppression, and constitutes a pathetic loss of dignity. Legalized theft to redistribute wealth and property is also inhumane and sinful, even if you throw a Bible verse on top of it and get a preacher to say a prayer. 

Journalists and observers of the political scene would do all a favor if their work addressed politicians at a more insightful level. Added benefit: Fewer unpleasant surprises and a more humane country.



Thursday, March 5, 2009

Is It Time to Revolt?

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2009, 09:38 AM

Joseph Farah makes a case:

There comes a point when free men and women must say no to oppressive government exceeding its authority.

I think most everyone would agree with that.

Our Founding Fathers said no to the misuse of authority by the British crown, and most Americans believe it was the right thing to do. In fact, we are Americans today because of the courageous stand they took for liberty and justice.

I believe American government is entering an advanced stage of institutional injustice, corruption, oppression and tyranny that warrants protest, at the very least, and perhaps even defiance if we are to hold on to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Conclusion: "It's past time for us to be out in the streets protesting against all this new regime is doing to undermine the Constitution, America's heritage of freedom and the basic tenets of Western Civilization."


Obama Up, Market Down: $7.7 Trillion

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2009, 09:12 AM

From CNSNews.com:

President Barack Obama’s first five weeks in office have been marked by sharp declines in U.S. stock markets, as the economy has continued to decline despite numerous legislative proposals from Congress and the administration aimed at stabilizing it.

Since Jan. 20, the nation’s largest stock market, the New York Stock Exchange’s Composite Index has declined steadily, losing 441 points, or $895 billion in value. The country’s second largest market, the NASDAQ, has also declined since Obama was sworn in, falling from 1,440 to 1,321 points, a 119 point drop.

In fact, Obama’s rise has seemed to accompany the economy’s fall, with the NYSE index dropping by 3,732 points since his nomination on Aug. 27, 2008 to Feb. 27, 2009 -- the last day for which official statistics are available -- for a loss of $7.7 trillion dollars

The president's response, according to CNSNews:

Obama, however, has said he is unconcerned with what he called the daily market fluctuations, saying during a Tuesday conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown that he was more concerned with the markets’ long term performance.
 
“What I’m looking at is not the day-to-day gyrations in the stock market but the long-term ability for the United States and the entire world economy to regain its footing,” Obama explained. “The stock market is sort of like a tracking poll in politics, it bobs up and down, day-to-day. . . ."


Limbaugh in the Briar Patch

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2009, 08:04 AM

The Obama White House has targeted Rush Limbaugh for political destruction. They tried to throw the harmless entertainer under the bus, but there he is now smack dab in the middle of the briar patch.

Thus singled out, thus targeted, thus the object of hope and change, Rush has now invited Obama onto the radio show to "debate me" on the issues.

Will Obama accept -- man-to-man, leader-to-leader -- so that a singled-out individual might face the leader of his accusers, who happens to inhabit what for the time being is the most powerful office in the world? 

Surely the man from the hardscrabble of Hawaii, committed to hunting down the fearsome Osama bin Laden, harbors no fear of a mere radio talk show host. Surely this Lincolnesque, JFKesque, FDResque figure, his glinty far-seeing gaze fixed on the horizon of the future, knows full well what rich opportunity awaits him once bravely ensconced behind the golden microphone of EIB.

On the other hand, high and lofty matters of state may interfere. Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator captures the Obama dilemma

With an ineptness that leaves one breathless, the Obama team has now effectively labeled Obama himself as "paralyzed with fear" if in fact the President doesn't have the guts to accept Limbaugh's challenge. After all, if they claim that GOP chair Michael Steele and "Republicans" are cowards for not taking on Rush, Obama himself will surely have the guts to do what they claim Steele and Republicans do not: take on Rush Limbaugh one-on-one.

"Paralyzed with fear"? A gut-challenged president of the United States? Let us be clear: There's no way that Obama has that deer-in-the-headlights look. No way. No. Impossible.

Related:
Breitbart, Rush, and the Cult of Secular Politics
Limbaugh vs. Obama



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rick on Detroit Radio

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2009, 02:52 PM

Live From Detroit -- Tomorrow WLQV am 1500 talk show host Paul Edwards and I are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

He tags his show "The Center for Study of God and Culture," and I look forward to joining Paul and his on-air academy again.

To call in, phone: 866-423-WLQV. Listen online here


Screwtape Celebrates 125th Performance in Chicago

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2009, 01:04 PM

From Broadwayworld.com:

The production is the biggest hit ever to play at The Mercury Theater, having entertained over 25,000 theatergoers during its Chicago run. THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, which originally opened in October, has since extended on multiple occasions from its original six-week run and will continue an open run due to overwhelming popularity. The play also enjoyed sold-out runs in New York and Washington, D.C.

Bravo!


Russian Scholar Says U.S. Will Collapse -- Next Year

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2009, 11:29 AM

An email alerted me to this story about Igor Panarin, who is a "dean at the [Russian] Foreign Ministry's school for future diplomats and a regular on Russia's state-guided TV channels. . . . his predictions fit into the anti-American story line of the Kremlin leadership."

More from AP:

"There is a high probability that the collapse of the United States will occur by 2010," Panarin told dozens of students, professors and diplomats Tuesday at the Diplomatic Academy -- a lecture the ministry pointedly invited The Associated Press and other foreign media to attend.

The prediction from Panarin, a former spokesman for Russia's Federal Space Agency and reportedly an ex-KGB analyst, meshes with the negative view of the U.S. that has been flowing from the Kremlin in recent years, in particular from Vladimir Putin.

Putin, the former president who is now prime minister, has likened the United States to Nazi Germany's Third Reich and blames Washington for the global financial crisis that has pounded the Russian economy.

Whether next year, or the year after: Freedom is fragile. Like money, it doesn't grow on trees. Even if those tree are subsidized by Washington. Neither money nor freedom comes from Washington.

Related:
Freedom Question of the Day
Freedom Quote of the Day
Steamroller: Obama May Revoke "Conscience Rule"



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Video: Who's "Like Hitler"? -- Not Rush Limbaugh . . .

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 07:47 PM

Somebody had fun at CPAC.




Earmark Accountability: Time for an Enemies List?

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 05:31 PM

Where is an Enemies List of Republicans and Democrats who stuck some 8,500 earmarks in the $410 billion pork-barrel spending bill set to be signed by Mr. Obama?


Breitbart, Rush, and the Secular Cult of Politics

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 02:57 PM

Andrew Breitbart was on hand for the CPAC shot heard round the world:

Hundreds of revelers packed the Regency Ballroom and hundreds more filled overflow rooms, hallways and stairways to watch [Rush Limbaugh] on wide-screen TVs. It was a rare and much-anticipated public appearance of the man so powerful that President Obama singled him out for destruction in his administration's first days.

Or as Saul Alinsky audaciouly counsels: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." See rule 13 in Rules for Radicals.  

"It was an address that could have altered the election," says Breitbart, "had it been delivered early last fall by any Republican presidential presidential." 

That could well be true. But let us ask: What Republican today would be willing to make that speech? Or could authentically make it -- "without a teleprompter," as Rush likes to say -- if he or she was willing? What is the sound of one hand clapping?

"For more than a generation," Breitbart continues, "the traditional media has tried to build a wall around public sentiment to protect the Democratic Party from articulate critics. Recent election cycles and the emergence of the Internet have only exacerbated the situation. In the past year, media bias has gotten out of hand."

Agreed. And this is partially why modern politics is so very religious in the poor sense of the word. That is, it is more and more a matter of cliches, crutches, personal attacks, blind faith, cultlike devotion -- all of which are beneath the dignity of Man. As such, it is inhumane and sub-Biblical.

This secular cult of politics, protected by the priests of media orthodoxy, is precisely the opposite of what is called for in the information we have from our true Creator -- a properly critical distance and sales resistance to gimmicks, panic buttons, crisis-mongering, hubris, and calls to place faith in a this-worldly president and Kingdom of Washington because he loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives.

Sorry, but in that regard, I'm with Jim Morrison of the Doors: "Cancel my subscription to the resurrection."

False messiahs, even if elected by a majority vote, have a bad habit of not showing up when they're really needed. And when they do, then you're really in trouble. Stock markets falling down may be the least of it.


Rick vs. Wild

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 02:23 PM

Somewhere in the tundra of Northern Virginia


"Revolution" a Possible Worst-Case Scenario Over Obama Eligibility

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 01:49 PM

The issue of whether Barack Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as president seems easy enough to settle: Provide the documentation. Instead, this: 

Military officers from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are working with California attorney Orly Taitz and her Defend Our Freedoms Foundation, citing a legal right established in British common law nearly 800 years ago and recognized by the U.S. Founding Fathers to demand documentation that may prove -- or disprove -- Barack Obama's eligibility to be president. . . .

Taitz' plaintiffs, some of whom potentially face life-or-death situations in defense of the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, . . . are asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor to help in presenting documentation to the Supreme Court.

Harry Riley, a veteran officer with Pentagon service, says the endgame could be "revolution." 

"Myself, along with hundreds of thousands of other warriors, have fought for the U.S. Constitution. The whole issue is one of constitutional crisis, in my judgment. How can an individual become the commander-in-chief, or the president of the U.S., with questions regarding his constitutional qualifications?" he asked.

"The whole idea is that America cannot allow an individual to serve as president who isn't qualified. It destroys our Constitution. It's the bedrock of our nation," he said.

"In the worst case, in the long run, if he continues [to fight revealing his documentation,] it's going to be revolution in the streets," he warned.

"It's simply a matter of producing a $12 birth certificate," Riley says.   


Chris Matthews: Pro-Life "Verbal Terrorism"

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 11:51 AM

Chris Matthews of "Hardball" now attacks principled, constitutional, and humane resistance to the slaughter of pre-born human beings as "terrorism" and "verbal terrorism."

This should break your heart. For the kids it condemns. For an anchor's own blinding darkness. For the night that is much of media. For the gaping wound previously known as journalism.

Abortion is an act of fascism, drenched in blood, authorized by a secular state. Delegated is an authoritarian power to decide who lives and who dies, who is torn to shreds and who escapes the womb to safety. A city of industry carries out capital judgment in abortcentration centers across the land. 

Minds close. Minds protect themselves. Minds hide behind language.

Perhaps you recall:

N-----! Get a rope! Find a tree!

Jew! Get on the train! Go to the camp!

Nurse! Complete the procedure!

Perhaps you recall: Who directed the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution? Answer: The Committee of Public Safety. Exactly what you'd expect. They made choices too.


Video: "What Is a Person?"

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 09:22 AM

A brief video (1:33) from Personhood USA calls for a humane resistance to oppression from "unelected judges and corrupt political parties."

Via Facebook. This video appears to be pay-grade inclusive.



Monday, March 2, 2009

CPAC, Limbaugh, and Tingling Feelings

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2009, 05:51 PM

One seems to recall, in the not distant past, that a cable news channel anchor remarked upon hearing a speech by Barack Obama that said anchor felt a tingling feeling run up his leg. 

Please, someone, an update, in the aftermath of Rush Limbaugh's Lincolnesque performance last Saturday at CPAC.

That is, in the name of the Fairness and Balance Doctrine, where are the reports of fresh tingles among our TV anchors? Has the Ministry of Information been alerted with regard to what may be a lack of yin in the media yang? 

A caveat: We did go sledding today, what with global warming breaking out. Perhaps the breaking news update escaped my notice. Maybe Bernard Goldberg heard something.


Limbaugh vs. Obama

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2009, 02:16 PM

Two fundamentally differing visions of the origin and destiny of the United States were recently set forth before the American people.

In a February 24 speech (video, text as prepared for delivery) to a joint session of Congress, Barack Obama advanced a program that sometimes employs the language of liberty but whose worldview dynamics and real-world impact submit Americans to a secularist plan that is centered, driven, and empowered by Washington, D.C.

In a February 28 speech before CPAC 2009 (Conservative Political Action Committee) in Washington, D.C., Rush Limbaugh argued for progress based on a Constitutional and Declaration vision. This vision asserts the superiority of the Creator -- and of a free people liberated by that Creator -- over the power structures of this world, whether those systems are led by kings, presidents, revolutionaries, or some other kind of arbitrary, sociological elite. A transcript and video of Limbaugh's "1st Televised Address to the Nation" are available here.

As I see it, Limbaugh is "speaking directly from the philosophic core of the defining vision of the U.S. That liberating and humane core is what separates us from the Greeks, Romans, French Rev., Hitler, Stalin, and modern post-American liberalism and its secularist Washington-centrism" (comments from a Facebook discussion).

Further elucidation on the superiority and humanity of a federal republic secured by the Constitution and energized by a Delcaration vision is available here ("Steamroller: Obama May Revoke 'Conscience Rule'").

An article-length treatment of these themes is available in "O'Reilly, Letterman, and the Culture War."


Snowbreak

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2009, 09:32 AM

Morning in Northern Virginia


Farmer Counts 100,000 Sheep

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2009, 06:20 AM

And it didn't lead to sleep.